How to Be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth

Written by:
Martin S. Fridson
Narrated by:
Johanna Ward

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2009
11 hours 8 minutes
Self-made billionaires all have one thing in common: they excel at making money. But hard work, thrift, and focus are only part of the story—you hold the rest of it in your hands. How to Be a Billionaire is the first comprehensive picture of the real strategies and tactics that built the great business fortunes of modern times. Packed with engaging accounts of titans like Ross Perot, Richard Branson, Phil Anschutz, John D. Rockefeller, Wayne Huizenga, Bill Gates, J. Paul Getty, and Kirk Kerkorian, How to Be a Billionaire will show you principles that can increase your wealth and business acumen to the mogul level. This book looks at the careers, the methods, and the minds of self-made billionaires to distill the common keys to titanic accumulations of wealth. Each chapter explores a specific strategy and brings it to life through extended profiles of past and present masters of the art of making money. Do you think innovation is the best way to prosper in business? Sam Walton, founder of the Walmart retail chain, would tell you otherwise. The key to Walton’s success was supreme devotion to copying the methods of other successful discounters. What could be less complicated than buying low and selling high? But the ascent of Warren Buffett, John Kluge, and Laurence Tisch to billionaire status depended on much more than an eye for good bargains. And if you’re looking to thrive by out-managing the competition, look no further than Richard Branson. When the founder of Virgin Atlantic needed to reduce his staff by four hundred people, six hundred volunteered to take a few months off on sabbatical. How to Be a Billionaire identifies the methods, beliefs, and behaviors every businessperson must understand and emulate to reach the pinnacle of riches. A manual for success that can benefit every aspiring tycoon, it is a fascinating read for anyone intrigued by wealth and how it’s gotten.
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This is stuff they *REALLY* don't teach you in Business School -- but this is the most brutally honest and comprehensive account of "wealth 101" you will probably hear. In truth, most people probably don't have the constitution for many of the stomach-turning tactics described herein -- but this book tells no lies. This book may violate your sense of "fairness" -- which is precisely why these men are (were) wealthy and you are not. Covering tactics of wealth builders over the last 100 years this book is morbidly fascinating in the way that watching a spider dissect a fly is fascinating. I recommend it.

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Historical information interesting but no practical advice for the normal person.

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